Conceived to procure high-speed vessels for fast intra-theatre transportation of troops, military vehicles, and equipment for both US Army and US Navy, the Spearhead class Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV
), is a commercial-design, non-combatant transport vessel currently in production by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, under a November 2008 contract award.
As support ships, JHSV
, MLP, AFSB, and our existing Combat Logistics Fleet ships employ civilian mariner crews and embarked military detachments.
Though the JHSV
could transit quicker than amphibious warships, it requires port facilities for off-loading and has a limited payload.
In addition, this MOA formalizes and delineates the management, leadership, and requirements sponsorship roles required to deliver the capability encompassed by the JHSV
to the combatant commanders.
At the operational level the Army would need to develop connecting systems that integrate all forms of air and sea transportation as well as develop platforms like the JHL, the JMAC and JHSV
to employ Army forces.
Three additional EPF, formerly Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV
), remain under construction in Mobile as part of a 10-ship, US$1.6 billion block-buy contract from the U.S.
Another United States (US) military ship, the USNS Millinocket (JHSV
3), has arrived in the country.
But some lawmakers blame the relatively inexpensive LCS and JHSV
for draining resources from what they consider more capable larger ships.
The decision to have the Navy take over the JHSV
program was made to during the Army/Navy War-fighter Talks in December 2010.
program is procuring high-speed transport vessels for the Army and the Navy.
The arrival of the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV
) presents a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) that could lead to sweeping changes in future logistic and maneuver capabilities and creates opportunities for the precise projection of American military power to provide tailored response to global crises.
Fifth, to improve our intra-theater lift capacity, we will increase the charter of Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV
) from two to four until our own production program begins deliveries in 2011.